Author: Dr Ben Tallon, Dermatologist/Dermatopathologist, Tauranga, New Zealand, 2011.
Histology of lichen nitidus
Scanning power view of lichen nitidus identifies a focaldermalinflammatoryinfiltrate enclosed within collarettes of epidermal acanthosis (Figures 1 and 2). Focalerosion of the epidermis in figure 1 indicates excoriation. Higher power view identifies a well circumscribed lymphohistiocytic infiltrate with multinucleated giant cells (Figures 3 and 4).